The Film Festival is SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets!
The GCC is happy to be announcing the 2021 Gunks Climbing Film Festival on October 9th, outdoors at the Stone Mountain Farm at 310 River Road Ext in New Paltz (directions, or Google Maps), once again sponsored by Rock and Snow.
This year we are showcasing 2 hours of short adventure films, with a global theme of mountain backdrops from China to the South Pacific to our own backyard. Trad and sport, alpine and highline, we’ve got it covered this year.
We kick off with two films from abroad: Makatea and Pathfinder. Makatea reveals incredible limestone formations rising out of the Pacific, and has a strong nod towards environmental impact in this fragile landscape. We’re taken from tropical paradise to the cold arctic mountains of Norway, as Pathfinder follows world-class highline talent in an unbelievable setting, framed by snowy peaks and glowing aurora.
Act one wraps up with a screening of Not/Inspirational, a locally-produced film following Denny Kowska, the founder of the ParaCliffhangers, and her team of paraclimbing athletes as they are met by the challenges of climbing on a world stage and a global pandemic.
After a brief intermission we return with the Italian-produced Along Our Skyline. This beautifully-filmed project about homegrown alpine-enchainment in the Alps.
From there we return to the US with a look into the rich history of climbing in the American Southwest. Desert Uprising is a journey through southern Arizona development, narrated by Dave Baker and other characters in Tucson climbing scene.
We close with Lady First, a Chinese film with follows the efforts of Jun Bao, the first Chinese woman to tick the 5.14 grade, and her path from gym to big walls to hard sport climbs.
Due to Covid Delta variant concerns, our event will be outside, and will adhere to social distancing guidelines. This means checking for proof of vaccination (CDC vaccine card or NY Excelsior pass), spacing out the audience for viewing and mandatory face masks. If you are sick, have a fever or were recently exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the past 2 weeks, please do not attend the event in efforts to keep others around you safe.
Our venue is a large and beautiful space, but will be restricted to 200 guests, and all tickets must be purchased online in advance. Tickets are $15 plus ticketing processing fees. You will receive a PDF ticket with a QR Code that you must bring (or show on your mobile phone) to be admitted.
Note the speed limit is 5mph at the Stone Mountain Farm. For everyone’s safety, especially at night, please drive slowly.
Please note this event will once again be entirely outdoors, so please come prepared for a night outdoors. This means warm jackets and hats, headlamps, and comfortable personal seating (low-backed chairs or blankets). If you bring high-back chairs please be considerate and sit in the back or on the sides in order to not block anyone’s view. Please leave your dogs home.
Food will once again be served by the Rail Trail Café but expect many hungry climbers in line so come early or bring your own snacks. Event is also BYOB, including water. We’ll also have vendor tables set up with cool stuff to purchase or get informed about.
“Doors” open at 6:00pm so you can get food and check out our vendors, and showtime is 7:30pm. Rain date is Sunday, October 10th. In the unlikely event of both days being rained out, your tickets will be honored for a virtual edition of the film fest if necessary.
Summary of What to Bring:
- low-back chairs, pads or blankets to sit on
- wear warm clothes, bring extra layers, blankets, etc.
- proof of vaccination (card or excelsior pass)
- face mask
- hand sanitizer (we will have some there, but best to have your own)
- money if you plan to buy food
- something to drink
- headlamp or flashlight
- bug repellant
- your film fest tickets – with QR code either printed out or on your mobile device
- please leave your dogs at home.